Votes for segregationist shocking, disappointing
Every voter who cast a ballot for white supremacist Larry Darby for attorney general in Tuesday's Democratic primary should be ashamed. Doing so was wrong.
A few people perhaps voted for him because they, too, are racist. But far too many didn't know either candidate, so they voted for the candidate whose name appeared first on the ballot.
Black voters must hold their political leadership accountable for not steering them away from this little guy who denies that the Holocaust took place, and who sympathizes with the Ku Klux Klan.
Voting patterns in Morgan County show that many local black residents indeed voted a protest vote for this avowed atheist after the Alabama Democratic Caucus failed to endorse a candidate in that race.
Why did the ADC not go after Mr. Darby?
For political reasons. It was to show Mobile District Attorney John Tyson, who won the nomination on a close vote, that prosecuting corrupt black public officials can be costly to a politician.
The district attorney took action against Mobile school board member David Thomas for charging $9,033 in Mardi Gras beads to the financially strapped school system. He also charged Mr. Thomas with double billing hotel expenses for a 2004 trip to Las Vegas.
Mr. Darby carried Morgan County 2,846 to 2,358. In getting more than 160,000 votes statewide, Mr. Darby also carried Madison, Limestone and Lawrence counties.
Mr. Darby told THE DAILY only last month that the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education and the civil rights acts "empowered the communist popular front." He said both brought unwelcome change to the South.
The black vote for this segregationist is particularly disappointing considering the struggles of the late Dr. Martin Luther King and others to enfranchise voters in Alabama.